Well, we were busy this weekend in the nursery! Trevor got all the painting finished up, including all the trim, so we were finally able to start unloading things. He assembled the crib, and we moved the finished dresser up from the garage. We still have a huge pile of junk to throw away, but it’s already looking a lot more like a baby’s room!
I will start off with another “before” shot of the dresser (it’s hard to tell, but it was off-white/ivory to begin with):
… and the “after!”:
I’m pretty happy wit how it turned out, especially considering that whole top-not-taking-stain disaster. I ended up sanding down the top, painting it with some brown latex paint in eggshell finish, priming the body of the dresser with water-based primer, painting the body with white latex paint in eggshell finish, then distressing the majority of the dresser with sandpaper and used a water-based polyurtethane (Polycrylic) over the entire thing. I did two coats of that on the top. I also spray painted the original hardware with oil-rubbed bronze paint.
This is where it will be in the room, next to the glider:
Ignore all the junk next to the glider that needs to be thrown out! The paint in the room is awesome, but of course, it does not come across well in these pictures. It’s a fun aqua shade, and I love it!
I also worked on some art work for over Brody’s crib this weekend. I had pinned this a while back for the animal silhouette art:
I knew I could do something like that myself, so I made a trip to Michael’s this weekend and bought three frames (on clearance AND sale for only $9.99 each!), three pieces of orange scrapbook paper and three pieces of white scrapbook paper. I looked at LOTS of pictures of animals online and sketched out my animal profiles on some drawing paper. Once I was happy with the silhouette, I cut them out carefully with some scissors to be used as my templates. Then, I just traced around the templates onto the white paper, cut them out and used Scotch double-sided tape to adhere them to the orange paper and framed them. It took a few hours because I am super OCD about drawing things, but I am really happy with how my version turned out… and for only $35 for the entire project!!
These will get hung over the crib (and probably screwed in so they never move!), but I propped them up for now to get an idea of how it will look.
My cute rhino is my favorite, I do believe:
Speaking of art, I had seen some other artwork at a local baby boutique that I absolutely adored (Melanie Mikecz is the artist, distributed by Oopsy Daisy), but for over $400, there was no way I was going to buy the set.
So, I recruited my great buddy, Lindsey, who is a mucho talented artist to knock them off for me. And she did. I love how they turned out! (By the way, Lindsey just started her own Etsy shop doing pet portraits and house paintings… I’m sure she’s open to other custom pieces, too, so check her out and message her for more details!)
This is not how they’ll be hung, but they are going over the dresser:
Don’t they rock?! Love it! Thanks, Lindsey!
Well, that should give you an idea, at least, of how things are progressing. I still have lots to do, like buying and hanging wooden roman shades, hanging the curtain rod and white curtains, I’m waiting on our bedding to arrive, and there are about a zillion little details to finish up. At least we’re finally moving along, though, and I can’t wait to show you guys the finished product in *hopefully* not too long!
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